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When I was a boy, my father would take me along to the liquor store to exchange bottled beer.

The checkout counter is flanked by a roller conveyor stacked with the cardboard cases holding the returnable bottles. Crisp new cardboard. Faded fuzzy cardboard. Clear Bottles. Green bottles. Brown bottles. Kingsbury. Blatz. Rhinelander. Budweiser. High Life.

The conveyor slopes gently down into the darkness of a basement cellar. Each case the cashier puts at the top of the conveyor pushes the row further into the darkness, into the musty smell of stale beer and mouldering cardboard.

I am just tall enough to peer over the edge of the counter down into the darkness of the cellar. The cashier leans in with a warning,
“Careful, Boy, The Beer Monster is down there.”



In a time

when men had souls

when there was hope

and no one was beyond reach

when pain was a broken promise

or a twisted ankle

when we had faith

God couldn’t shake

when we were more than love

in a time

when we did not know fear

when we sang 

and knew we were not brave

there was hope

and we had souls


we tasted blood.

In a move that surprised absolutely nobody, Sears filed for bankruptcy in October of 2018. If you look up "retail giant" on Google, 11 of the first 12 results refer to Sears. Despite this fact, for most Americans under the age of 25, the collapse of Sears is probably about as psychologically impactful as having your mom tell you that she just heard that her high school gym teacher's brother-in-law's dog died. But for people who were born earlier than the 1990s, it's a bit more significant;…

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